Catherine Simpson has been shortlisted in the Mslexia Novel Award, the Asham Award, Bristol Short Story Prize and Bath Short Story Award. Her work has featured in anthologies and she has performed it at various festivals (including Edinburgh International Book Festival) and on BBC radio. She was named as one of Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature's emerging writers in both 2012 and 2013. Her journalism has appeared in The Scotsman, The Herald, The Daily Mail, The Sun and magazines. In 2013, she won a Creative Scotland New Writers Award for the opening chapters of Truestory. She lives near Edinburgh with her husband and two teenage daughters.